Monthly Archives: December 2012

Why can The F.A. learn from the Olympic’s?

 Football worldwide has had many problems in recent years especially subjects highlighted being racism and financial turmoil. 2012 highlighted more of this issues especially in the English game while away from football was the year of the Olympics to visit Great Britain and the whole worlds focus towards London.

 During the Olympic’s , sport was the priority in most peoples daily viewing and is the same through every major sporting event. However, football was not concentrated on in the Olympics despite being the home of the game and where the best league in the world many may say is situated. The last time England held a major football tournament was sixteen years ago with the UEFA championships, however the last time the World Cup was hosted in England was the iconic world cup winning year of 1966 almost fifty years ago. How does a country where football originally began not host the world’s best tournament for nearly five decades?

 The Olympic’s gave the country hope, more funding and more life into sport and for this will always reflect a successful games, but why have we recieved the Olympics and not the world cup? The Olympics cost majorly come from building and updating facilities to a standard good enough to host the games, however football would not need such costs which means costs will be lower and would be an easy option for the F.A. to choose.

 Many people consider Englands failure to host a tournament down to FIFA and UEFA’s hatred towards England’s rivarly. However, with Britains success of the Olympics surely that gives FIFA and UEFA’s board no option but to choose England?

 Olympics success in recieving the right to host the tournament originated from correct people and an excellent presentation for hosting the game. Losing the rights to other countries primilarily on presentation to weaker countries could be the reason but is not right for a country of England’s state with great stadia and football being its top sport.

 Positive leadership and management was shown through ex-sportsmen and women and top businessmen to recieve the Olympics. If the F.A. showed the same results this would make the plan easier and more of a chance to achieving the countries aim of hosting a major tournament. Basic planning and recruitment of the right people all aiming towards one goal for the reason of football in this country will all mean all the committee working towards the one subject.

 With the country holding the latest successul Olympic’s this has brought more sporting interest to the country with England recieving the right to host the Rugby 2015 world cup. With the worldwide game going through many highlighted problems in many parts of the world it may be a positive move for FIFA  to bring the world cup to England to bring the attention of the game to a place where the game was first born and were previous events had been very successful. It may also be very useful for the English game to get highlighted in the world as the prominent base of football as the English game similar to other countries in recent years has had more bad reviews than good.


Why is the 4-3-3 effective? Is it effective for every team?

The 4-3-3

The 4-3-3

Formations are essential to winning football matches and is important when selecting the appropriate formation to consider what is best for the squad of players at your disposal and what philosophy your are planning to play. Different formations give you different options but all have their advantages and disadvantages to attempting to win a football match.

Many successful sides have used the 4-3-3 regularly to get the best affect of their players,such as FC Barcelona and Chelsea F.C. This formation has been argued to be very similar to a 4-5-1 as the top three may look like a striker with two more forward wingers such as Chelsea used under Jose Mourinho when the Portugese manager played Didier Drogba in between Arjen Robben and Damian Duff which turned ou to be very successful. However, FC Barcelona in recent times used three forwards to make forward play more effective as this gave the full-backs more space to push forward allowing more players dominating in the final forward to pin the opposition back. FC Barcelona was very successful when the front three was Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Zlatan Imbrahimovic. These three offered different types of forward players but gave Barcelona something different from each individual and for this formation to work it is important for the movement and flexbility of the midfield and front free to give the team the best chance of winning the game.

The midfield three are the most essential part of this formation as these can dictact play with the flexibility and transition of movement through positions. However, a vial part of the midfield threesome is the deeper midfield player known as the Claude Makelele role, as this player will provide cover and protect the back four allowing two further forward midfielders to have freedom in movement. It is important for these three to keep the triangulation through transitions of play (attacking or defensively), as doing this will allow more freedom to other players such as the full backs but also defensively will make the pitch more compact attempting to prevent the forward pass. The best two opinionated midfielders to play in the forward role currently are Xavi and Iniesta at FC Barcelona as there creativity, vision and simple movement through transitions of play aid there teams performances and gives constant supply to the free-scoring Lionel Messi.

The defence needs to work on supporting the midfield three as more times than most, the threesome in midfied will be out-numbered. Problems will occur from this formation when gaps between any of the lines appear allowing players to recieve the ball to get in behind which means its important for each group of individuals to understand their defensive as well as their attacking role in this formation. The 4-3-3 formation will allow the full-backs to get forward more when the team is attacking. However, the downside to this is countering this formation when the opposition will play 4 in midfield allowing the wide player to sit on the full-back’s toes forcing him not to get forward, restricting width in the 4-3-3. Although, if the midfield three transit across to support the full-back when the ball is that side this should restrict space and condense play forcing the next pass to go backwards or sideways.

This formation will never be effective for every side as many sides may not have the players to have the quality or suit this formation for it to be effective. However, in recent times this formation has become more popular through its proven success and played in the right way can give attractive and exciting performances as the flexibility of the formation allows frequent transition of movement and the football. An example of this was Tottenham Hotspurs under Harry Redknapp used very effective to get the best out of their individuals in the squad.

To conclude, the 4-3-3 is very effective and is one of the most attacking formations which can be very attractive and exciting used in the right way. It is essential to select the right players for each position and for each player to understand their roles and resposibility in the formation. The midfield three are the most vital section of this formation as this triangulation will dictact play with and without the ball as well as allowing flexibility, transition and creativity through them and through out their team mates.